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Security | Life | Cynicism - Issue #5

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March 15 · Issue #5 · View online
Security | Life | Cynicism
Happy Monday, here are my takes for the week in security and life, with a hint of cynicism.

Security
Have you stripped out metadata from your photos? Well, that may not be enough.
As part of its “people you may know” feature, Facebook could be looking at dust and scratches on the phone lens to determine which pictures were taken by the same camera, and then suggest different people in those pictures become friends.
Dr Jen Goldbeck explains it far better than I can.
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Life
Apparently, you can perform better if you reframe a threat as a challenge.
As Erik Barker illustrates with the following analogy.
What if you had something everyone wanted and eleven very large men were intent on attacking you to get it? Definitely scary.
But what if I told you this was because you’re playing football? Oh, that’s different… But the same. This is taking the perspective of a challenge vs a threat. And most of what we deal with in life are challenges, not violent threats. (Dealing with true violent threats from eleven large men is beyond the scope of this post. Buy a taser.)
Cynicism
If lockdown has made me realise one thing, it’s that I own way too many things. I won’t consider myself a full on minimalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I do have way too many things. Despite trying to get rid of a ton of stuff over the year.
I was reminded of a George Carlin quote, “Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body.”
What have you done that has simplified your life?
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